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Title: Relational aggression in university women: comparing sorority members and their peers
Authors: Rharbite, Sadia N.
Keywords: Clinical psychology;Relational Aggression;Greek letter societies--Aggression (Psychology)
Issue Date: May-2012
Abstract: Recent research suggests that university women, in particular, seek out intimacy through social connections and place importance on interdependence (Lee & Robbins, 2000). In order to create these social connections when placed in the unfamiliar environment of college, some women choose to join sororities. Relational aggression refers to any behavior that is intended to harm someone by damaging or manipulating relationships with others (Crick & Grotpeter, 1995). Until now, there has been no study exclusively comparing levels of relational aggression in sorority members and non-sorority members. This study examined whether members of sororities reported experiencing as a victim and/or perpetrating as an aggressor higher frequencies of relational aggression than do non-members in a variety of social settings. 256 female participants completed the online survey assessing relational aggression. Preliminary Analyses show sorority members reporting significantly increased frequencies of relational aggression of both experiencing as a victim and perpetrating as an aggressor across social contexts as compared to non-members.
Description: Thesis (M.S., Clinical psychology)--Drexel University, 2012.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3909
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